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Tuesday, May 24 • 2:00pm - 2:50pm
2B: Migration from Dspace to Islandora version 8 | Achieving Unified Search across Digital Repository Platforms

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Migration from Dspace to Islandora version 8
Speakers: Jason Long, Todd Peters
This presentation will discuss the recent installation of an Islandora 8 repository at Texas State University. The University Libraries has maintained a Dspace repository serving as an Institutional Repository for several years. It contains not only scholarship such as electronic theses and dissertations and faculty publications, but also digitized items from special collections. There is general satisfaction with how Dspace supports Institutional Repository scholarship workflows and documents, however, the platform has limitations for support of special collections type material, such as images, audio and video. The University Libraries recently moved special collections materials into a newly established Islandora 8 repository. This presentation will discuss exporting and cross walking Dspace Dublin Core metadata into Islandora using the external Islandora tool, Workbench. Installation and setup of the Islandora 8 software using Docker and customizing Islandora to include searching and faceting will also be discussed.

Achieving Unified Search across Digital Repository Platforms
Speakers: James Creel, Kevin Day, Elizabeth German, Jeremy Huff, Ryan Laddusaw, David Lowe, Rincy Mathew, Jason Savell, William Welling

Texas A&M University Libraries have begun going live with production exhibits in the new open-source Solr AGgregation Engine (SAGE). SAGE has been in development since 2019 and consists in two complimentary feature sets: (1) The aggregation of multiple Solr indices into a target index with arbitrary fields, and (2) Curator-configurable views of any Solr index with custom filters, facets, and display fields.

The ubiquity of Solr indices in library applications like VuFind, Blacklight/Spotlight, DSpace, Fedora, and others, juxtaposed with the tantalizing prospect of one search interface across the myriad of library holdings, led readily to the concepts behind SAGE. Once the development team implemented the aggregation functionality, it proved straightforward enough to make a configurable display of the fields of the bespoke Solr documents SAGE was writing. Soon, the development team was demonstrating rough views of synthesized collections of DSpace, Fedora, and Spotlight documents.

However, when it came time to prepare these views for curatorial management and public display, numerous issues arose for the product owners. Among other things, the views posed problems with formatting and normalization of metadata, uniquely identifying objects, and providing viewers for content like images, PDFs, and A/V. Resolving these issues to the satisfaction of product owners has yielded the first production hybrid collection in SAGE, the Apfelbaum collection of World War I Postcards. In this presentation, we will describe the means whereby this content from DSpace and Fedora repositories was brought together in a harmonious view.

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Christina Kellum

Assistant Librarian, University of North Texas

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Todd Peters

Head, Digital and Web Services, Texas State University

James Creel

IT Manager, Texas A&M University
James Creel is an IT Manager for for Texas A&M University Libraries where he supervises the software development team.  James manages the development and maintenance of digital library and information management applications and provides TAMU Libraries faculty with training and tools... Read More →

Kevin Day

Software Developer, Texas A&M Digital Initiatives
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Elizabeth German

Service Design Librarian, Texas A&M University
Elizabeth German is the Service Design Librarian at the University Libraries where she works to create high quality research and learning experiences for the Texas A&M community. Her areas of expertise and research include user experience, universal design, learning technologies... Read More →

Ryan Laddusaw

IT Generalist I, TAMU Libraries

Jason Long

Programmer Analyst I, Texas State University

David Lowe

Digital Collections Management Librarian, Texas A&M University Libraries

William Welling

Software Application Developer III, TAMU Libraries

Tuesday May 24, 2022 2:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Virtual https://utexas.zoom.us/j/93914804861